Wild push the Predators to the limit in 2-1 shootout road loss to Nashville

Cal Clutterbuck

Sports are a magnet for superstitions whether amongst fans or the players and coaches involved.  I coached with a guy who had a ton of them.  From a lucky pen, to a lucky towel that he had to shower with at a certain time of day, to a lucky song that could be an omen of a victory.  Michael Jordan wore his North Carolina shorts underneath his NBA shorts each and every game.  Hockey players are no different.  Its all in the routine right?  Whether you don’t skate on the lines like Patrick Roy or place the blade of your stick in the toilet like Bruce Gardiner.  Sometimes players have a certain order as to how they put on their equipment.  Fans can be equally superstitious.  I’ll admit it I have some superstitions of my own that I wear hoping it will bring the Minnesota Wild good luck.  Since the Wild have won their last 3 games I looked back at what I did during that time and each time I invoked the memory of the Minnesota North Stars.  I’m doing so again as I invoke an improbable series victory by the Minnesota North Stars defeating the mighty Edmonton Oilers who still had the likes of Glenn Anderson, Grant Fuhr, and Mark Messier on their squad to try to conjure up another Wild victory.  Very few thought the North Stars had a chance, and there are probably very few that believe the Minnesota Wild have a chance against the Predators tonight.    

F – Mario Lucia (Penticton, BCHL) ~ Lucia and the Vees will be advancing to the Fred Page Cup Finals after crushing the Merritt Centennials 6-1 on Monday night.  The 6’3″ forward contributed 2 assists in the victory.  Lucia still leads the Vees in playoff scoring with 6 goals, 15 points and 2 penalty minutes in 11 playoff games. 

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About Derek Felska

I am a lifelong hockey fan from Minnesota who loves and appreciates the game at all levels. I have been blogging about the Minnesota Wild since 2005. I cover just about every aspect of the organization from the team itself, its coaches, its management, its broadcast as well as its AHL affiliate the Iowa Wild and the club's pool of prospects. In addition to the NHL I occasionally take the time to cover college and high school hockey as well. We are the State of Hockey and I want to make this blog informative and objective from the eyes of a fan. I am a fan of the Minnesota Wild, but I am no homer. I hope what you read reflects this approach!